Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line


tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table


rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper


rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial


flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign


row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers


a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background


flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice


four paper crafted carrots

Four Paper Crafted Carrots


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - itā€™s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

Youā€™ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.